With the discovery of over a thousand exo-planets and counting, plus several rovers crawling all over Mars, I would not be surprised if NASA eventually discovers strong evidence of extraterrestrial life. See Has ‘Curiosity’ Sniffed Signs of Life?
This would be exciting, if true.
Does that challenge anyone’s doctrine or faith? Why or why not?
To me, God gave humanity domain over the earth and all it contains. Our rebellion and fall only effected us and the rest of creation on Earth, and Christ’s redemption likewise focused only on humanity and redeeming His creation here on Earth.
What God does or doesn’t do beyond Earth and humanity, how He created or allowed life to emerge elsewhere, and how He relates to the rest of creation are outside the scope of His revelation to us in scripture – and thus are totally open questions.
I would respond in awe, and not be the least threatened in my faith, if we find that the universe is teaming with life.
How about you?
~ Jim Wright